One of my little frustrations is fumbling around for the switch which is attached to the cord of this lamp shown in the picture. These little inefficiencies that add bits of frustration to life add up and I decided to address this one. I like to try to smooth those out sometimes. That's one of my goals.
Step 1: safety warnings
warning: do not actually do this. in fact don't do anything because there is a slight risk of injury or you might spill hot coffee on yourself. You might electrocute yourself, your children and other loved ones and set fire to your neighborhood and the majority of your country and go to prison for the rest of your life. spend the rest of your days weeping, with your head hanging in regret. Therefore you should just never do anything at all.
Leave *everything* to the experts and only the experts with the most advanced degrees from the most expensive institutions. The rest of us should just wait in line for whatever they tell us is safe to do.
It might even be good to never leave your house. Don't drive a car or do anything silly like walk down the street. Don't try to do anything yourself because who knows what could happen.
You have been warned!
Step 2: actual safety warning
Seriously, there is a significant risk of fatally shocking yourself when working with AC electricity straight out of the outlet.
I'm not recommending that somebody out there actually make this. I just think it would be a good product and I would probably possibly buy one if it was available. But because I don't know enough about codes and UL listings and all those things that are required for a product to become safe and even if I could do all those things, how could I protect myself from liability. I don't know. This is how I made it. I'm not recommending that anybody make it unless you are an expert in electronics or something, which I am not.
Step 3: materials used
cardboard (free from Walmart)
white posterboard (50 cents from Dollar Tree)
hot melt glue
1 electrical outlet receptacle 10 cents at Habitat for Humanity
1 wall switch 10 cents " " " "
1 spare white electrical cord. Salvaged from an old coffee maker I had.
a means of cutting intricate shapes in paper. I used a hacked Cricut.
Step 4: the box pattern
I came up with this little squiggly design box in sketchup, and then unfolded it with the Flattery plugin and printed it out using Make the cut on my hacked Cricut.
Step 5: the circuit
pretty straightforward. I'm adding a light switch which will control an electrical outlet.
Step 6: the construction
Assemble the circuit.
Assemble the box which will hold and hide away the majority of the excess lamp cord.
Coat everything possible with electrical tape.
make sure no exposed metal or wires can be touched by any one.
glue the parts in place and close it up.
leave an opening in the back so you can plug the lamp cord into it.